So this was an interesting project with multiple steps. Because of that I ended up breaking it up into parts and posting about the different parts of it as my daughter and I were doing them. I really like how it turned out in the end!!
The first part we did was to paint the Wood Stickers from the Dollar Tree, then I did some paper flowers, though I ended up using different ones than the original ones that I was planning on since I didn’t like how they looked in the frame. Next we painted the frame including a little distressing painting and then I cut out a saying with my Cricut in vinyl to add to the glass. Last was to assemble them all together.
I’ll lay out all Supplies and Instructions for each part and include the video from Facebook that we did Live while doing our project pieces. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Wood Stickers (Video here)
- Wood Stickers (We used ones from the Dollar Tree)
- Water Color Paints
- Paint brush
- Safe painting space
- Using water color paints we painted the stickers on the acetate sheets they came on. ****One thing to keep in mind is that you need to make sure the paint is mixed well so that enough pigment gets transferred to the wood to be able to see it. I ended up going back over it to darken the colors because they were watered down enough you could barely see them when they dried.
- Let them fully dry, and move on to the next step. (I did not end up finishing them off.)
Paper Flowers (Video here)
This is one kind of 3D flower that can be used, but in the 5×7 for this project I felt the flower was too big in the size in the template above, though because it’s in a Word document, you can resize the image. Also there are 2 different sizes linked together and you can layer them to add more petals to your flower or make multiple sizes without having to resize the template attached. I ended up using 3 different 3D flower templates available in Cricut Design Space however for this project. You can find other flowers that are rolled flowers or layered available for free through a Search Engine such as Google as well.
- Printer/scissors or Cutting machine such as Cricut or Silhouette
- Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun (preferred glue method as it dries quickly)
- Honestly, each type of flower has different directions to put them together, however, these instructions are for the template/video provided above. Either print and cut out the template or use your paper cutting machine to cut the template out. ****For additional detail and texture, you can curl each petal before going to the next step to glue them.
- For each layer overlap the end petals and glue together then glue the additional flap to fully secure it. Glue layers together.
- Roll a 1/4 inch wide piece of cardstock for the middle of the flower and glue that in the center.
Shadow Box (Video Here)
- Unfinished Shadow Box from Michael’s (I bought 6 for a better price here)
- AppleBarrel Acrylic Paint in Carribean Blue and Pumpkin Orange for this Mint Green Teal color. (I then also used Matte Black for antiquing after.)
- Mineral Chalk Paint from Waverly
- Sand down if needed to give a smooth finish with no splinters or bumps in finished product.
- Mix paints if needed, and paint base coat (I mixed the Caribbean Blue and a small amount of the Pumpkin Orange to get the Mint Green color.) Allow to dry.
- I then painted the border of the face of the frame in Mineral Chalk Paint from Waverly. Allow to dry.
- Using both the Mineral Chalk and the Matte Black paints with a mostly dry brush alternate between them to give a weathered look to the outside and face of the frame. I did not antique the inside in anyway. Allow to dry.
Assemble Parts of the Project (Video of finished product here)
- Painted Shadow Box
- Painted Wood Stickers
- Vinyl saying for the front (I cut mine on my Cricut, but you can also purchase pre-cut designs or use another vinyl die cutting machine as well.)
- 1. Hot glue paper flowers where desired.
- 2. Hot glue wood stickers where desired. Either inside or on the outside of the frame.
- 3. Clean glass thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. (I use the same as I would on a cut the 97% solution though any first aid rubbing alcohol will work.) Attach Vinyl decal to the glass on the front using recommendations for the material you are using. (I don’t recommend doing a reverse decal as the adhesive may be seen through the glass.)
There you have it! The completed project! We made or modified all of the pieces of this project. We truly made it our own! We love it! Hopefully this will inspire you to create a piece of art or a craft that you love! As you can see my daughter helped me with a lot of it. Ours was a family project that ended up being a gift for my husband for his birthday today. He even had input into the overall design as well since he picked the wood stickers that would be used.
Happy creating everyone!!!